FREE ENTRY WRITING COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL!

Details of the April 2015 Creative Writing Competition.

The topic for April has been set by the winner of the February 2015 competition ‘Expatangie’ and in consultation she has chosen the topic “HEALTH”, which I have described as “Health, good bad and indifferent, and in the widest interpretation of the word.”

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For those that missed them, links to all the February entries, including Expatangie’s winning story JACK FINDS LOVE AT THE CAFÉ MARCHÉ., can be found here …
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/the-february-2015-creative-writing-competition-where-to-find-the-stories-and-how-to-vote/
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I have trailed the suggestion that this might be an opportunity to have a shorter short story month, and in the absence of any comments to the contrary the shorter length this month will be between 250 and 500 words.

Closing date for entries – Midnight Thursday the 30th. of APRIL 2015.

The period for receiving votes will be announced atthe close of the competition.Votes will notbe accepted until the competition closes.

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Entries.
Publish stories on your personal blogs and post a link to the story in the form of a comment here on this link below.
If you are unable to do this, post your entry as a separate “Update” or “Discussion” in the Creative Writing forum at … http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/

The “prize” for winning is to set the topic for the June 2015 competition.

The competition is open to anyone with an interest in short story writing, particularly (but not exclusively) to members of the MyT site and/or the Creative Writing Group and Short Story Club sites.

Writers are reminded that, particularly in these shorter story months, there are no rules barring multiple entries from the same writer.

VOTING..
Voting is open to all.
Just after the closing date a vote collection point will be set up as a “Discussion” on the Creative Writing Group page.

Links to previous winners can be found here …

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/short-story-winners/

A list of detailed rules for the competition can be found here …

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/the-creative-writing-competition-rules-and-regulations/

FOR BACKGROUND REFERENCE ONLY.
There is a topic For New Members which explains a little more about this forum:

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/for-new-members/

There is a discussion topic for My Telegraph bugs and issues at:

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/about-us/forum/topic/my-telegraph-bugs-and-issues/

Happy writing and good luck to all entrants!

 

THE ENTRIES:

A total of 18 entries have been accepted and links to the stories are listed below.
Thanks to all the writers who have entered ( especially those that have submitted more than one story), and thanks in advance to all those readers out there who I hope will now support the competition by reading the stories and registering their vote.
All stories are to be treated separately and equal for the purposes of voting regardless of how many entries a writer has submitted.
This is an open competition, and any interested party who wishes to participate is welcome to join in the voting and/or commenting on the stories at the appropriate time or place.
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As in previous months, it would help if voters would make sure to quote the name of the story when posting their vote rather than the name of the writer, and I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.
Voting can now commence and will continue until 11 p.m. on Friday the 8th of MAY 2015.
There are no restrictions as to who is allowed to vote, all that is asked is that the voter reads all the stories and votes according to their preference. A brief reason for your choice is welcome but not mandatory.
Voters are requested to vote 5 points for first place, 3 points for second, and 1 point for third place.
Please do not submit any other point combinations such as 3/3/3, 4/4/1, 5/2/2, etc.
Writers are requested not to vote for any of their own entries. There will be no detailed summaries posted as to how the voting is progressing throughout the voting period but as soon as possible after voting closes a tabulated list of results will be posted separately and the winner declared.
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PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT AT LENGTH ABOUT THE STORIES OR RECORD ANY THOUGHTS THAT YOU MAY HAVE ON THEM, UNTIL AFTER VOTING CLOSES.
IF YOU WISH TO DESCRIBE IN DETAIL THE REASONS FOR YOUR CHOICES, OR COMMENT AT LENGTH ABOUT SOME OR ALL OF THE INDIVIDUAL STORIES, A SEPARATE PAGE WILL BE SET UP AT THE END OF THE VOTING PERIOD AND AFTER THE RESULT HAS BEEN POSTED.
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HERE FOLLOWS A FULL LIST OF ENTRIES INCLUDING LINKS.
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MANIFESTO FOR THE LA LA PARTY. Written by Fizzeerascal.
https://fizzeerascalstories.wordpress.com/
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MAID.MARION@G-MAIL. Written by Colmore.
https://colmore1954.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/dt-short-stories-april-2015-entry/
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WE’RE HERE TO HELP. Written by Peter Barnett.
We’re Here To Help!
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SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOU. Written by Giselle.
Smoking is bad for you
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HERMIONE PLUS SWEET BETSY : MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE. Written by Chester_goode.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/dodgecity/chester_goode/11171/hermione-and-sweet-betsy-message-in-a-bottle/
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THE HEALTH OF THE NATION. Written by Lostinwords.
https://lostinwords2.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/april-2015-competition/
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PERFECT MATCH. Written by Albertstone.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/albertstone/albertstone/13/500-words-for-the-april-2015/
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EMERGENCY. Written by Americanmum.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/16eLoLZJmH-Gg-t32paAAfPY8vjH7IBr0JXtxnGXuA7w/edit
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HEALTH IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT. Written by Bleda.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/bleda/bleda/2691/health-is-what-you-make-of-it-a-short-story/
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LIFE SAVERS, SAVING LIVES. Written by Expatangie.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/expatangie/expatangie/99/life-savers-saving-lives-creative-writing-entry-for-april/
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ALMOST FAMILY. Written by Araminta.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/detectivemouse/araminta/16012117/almost-family-a-short-story/
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KEEP TAKING THE PILLS. Written by Araminta.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/detectivemouse/araminta/16012103/keep-taking-the-pills-short-story/
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THE END. Written by Furryfeatures.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/furryfeatures/furryfeatures/76/the-end/
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EILEEN GETS IN A FLAP. Written by Turkishjenny.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/turkishjenny/turkishjenny/27/eileen-gets-in-a-flap/
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THE MAGNOLIA TREE. Written by Atiller.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/attila/atiller/15998316/an-entry-for-the-april-2015-creative-writing-competition/
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THE DOG. Written by Richpea.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/wordsandimages/richpea/41/the-dog/
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DICK AND CLIFF. Written by Richpea.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/wordsandimages/richpea/43/dick-and-cliff/
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MAYBE SHE SHOULD. Written by Seadams.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/seadams/
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